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The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network has announced that nearly 16.4 million euro has been committed in grants to nineteen collaborative research projects. In 2009, the HERA Network launched the first Joint Research Programme (HERA JRP) for two themes 'Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity' and 'Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation'. The programme is co-funded by 13 humanities research councils in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom and the European Commission under the ERA-NET Plus scheme. Together they have pooled national and European funding to set up a common pot funding mechanism.“The HERA Joint Research Programme offers a unique opportunity for much needed collaborative trans-national humanities research at the European level such as studies of certain social or ethnic groups across Europe - for instance, the Romani population - or of ways through which creative ideas were and are transmitted across borders,” said Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Chair of the HERA JRP Board. “HERA Joint Research Programme partners are hoping that this first Joint Research Programme will yield new insights from humanities research addressing such societal challenges as social cohesion or stimulating creativity and innovation”.The call attracted a total of 234 proposals under both themes involving over 700 humanities scholars across Europe. The common pot funding mechanism has allowed funding the best proposals irrespective of the nationality of the applicants. The European Science Foundation (ESF) managed the call for proposals and the two-stage peer review process involving evaluations by the two international review panels and external expert referees. Most of the funded projects will run for three years (2010-2013) and will work closely with museums, cultural heritage institutions, festivals or policy-makers to ensure the continued societal relevance of the research projects and the transfer of the research results to interested policy makers and cultural organisations. The following proposals were awarded funding under the 'Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity' theme:
The following proposals received funding under the 'Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation' theme:
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